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“Transformers” Becomes Year’s Top-Selling DVD and the HD DVD Breaks High Definition Records

The release of DreamWorks/Paramount’s Box office hit Transformers became the years top-selling DVD, selling 4.5 million units in its first day of release, and 8.3 million in its first week.

The HD DVD version sold 100,000 units in its first day, and 190,000 through one week to become the best-selling day one high definition title on either format (Blu-ray or HD DVD).

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HD DVD and Blu-ray sales data

In press releases during CES, both backers of HD DVD and Blu-ray have announced sales data for their respective formats. But there is no clear data on the Blu-ray side. Continue reading HD DVD and Blu-ray sales data

Toshiba announces 50GB HD DVD disc

Well, more like 51GB.

Toshiba, the main backer of the high-defintion HD DVD format, have announced that they have developed a new disc that is capable of holding 51GB of data. Continue reading Toshiba announces 50GB HD DVD disc

Blockbuster will begin testing rentals and sales of High-Defintion DVDs

Beginning this month Blockbuster, the nations largest rental outlet, will start testing high-definition dvd rentals and sales at about 250 of its stores, chosen by the basis of where early adopters are said to be.

The outlets will carry about 40 titles of each current high-def format; Blu-ray Disc and HD DVDs, with prices […]

Warner Bros. Lowers High-Definition DVD Forecast

After a weaker than expected September in total sales for High-Definition hardware and software, Warner Bros. has halved their original sales estimate for the new medium.

Back in August of this year, they forecasted sales of $1.5-$1.9 billion in hardware and $500 million in software by years end. Because of the lower than expected […]

Xbox 360 HD DVD Disc Drive – Price and Release Frame

Xbox 360 with HD DVD Drive

Microsoft has announced its price point ($199.99) and release frame (mid November) of its HD DVD Disc Drive for the Microsoft Xbox 360 Core or Premium Console.

The add-on device will be capable of outputting the formats full 1080p resolution, and will connect via USB 2.0.

At current prices, an Xbox 360, equipped with the required add-on to play the movies, will run anywhere from $499.99 to $599.99, the same price range as the formats competing Blu-ray technology from Sony.

This November, Sony will release the PS3 in two models, one for $499.99 and one for $599.99. Both models will be capable of playing back full 1080p Blu-ray movies.

Neither console will be capable of paying both formats.

Currently, Toshiba and RCA sell HD DVD units for $499.99 to $799.99, while Samsung has the only Blu-ray player out at $999.99.

More hardware manufactures are expected to release their own units come holiday season.

The Full Press Release is viewable below:

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